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2:50 PM ET, December 18, 2007


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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Majority Of Americans On Google Docs: "What You Talkin Bout Willis?"  —  A new survey by NPD has found that the 73% of Americans have never heard of Google Docs and other online office applications, but perhaps worst still only 0.5% of respondents have abandoned desktop office applications for an online alternative.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St. and uncov
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
R.I.P.: The Web 2.0 Office Suite … In a recent survey, NPD asked nearly 600 PC users: "Have you heard about online, browser-based office productivity applications like Google Docs, Google Spreadsheets, gOffice, etc.?"  NPD also asked, "If so, how often do you use them?"
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Yes, There Can Be Life After Word
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Taking Apps In The Sky
Discussion: Googling Google and WildBlue
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Meets with DoCoMo, Softbank On Launching iPhone in Japan  —  After signing deals with U.S. and European operators to sell its iPhone earlier this year, Apple Inc. now is making plans to enter Japan, one of the biggest and most sophisticated mobile-phone markets in the world.
Martin Roscheisen / Nanosolar Blog:
Nanosolar Ships First Panels  —  After five years of product development - including aggressively pipelined science, research and development, manufacturing process development, product testing, manufacturing engineering and tool development, and factory construction - we now have shipped …
Discussion: CNET, TechCrunch and Engadget
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Q&A: Peter Norvig  —  The evolution of Web search.  —  As director of research at Google, Peter Norvig is intimately involved in the attempt to manage the world's information.  He's a good match for the job, having spent much of his life thinking about how computers think and making them do it more efficiently.
Discussion: Slashdot
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
How Google Tests Results Quality
Discussion: WebProNews
Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Introducing Video Sitemaps  —  In our effort to help users search all the world's public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search.
Google News Blog:
New Advanced News search  —  Want to find articles from a specific news source?  You may not know of some tricks to make Google News do the work for you.  —  Try using our site operator along with a keyword, like this: [ Paris].  Or you can also use our advanced news search page.
John Tierney / New York Times:
Why Nobody Likes a Smart Machine  —  At a Best Buy store in Midtown Manhattan, Donald Norman was previewing a scene about to be re-enacted in living rooms around the world.  —  He was playing with one of this year's hot Christmas gifts, a digital photo frame from Kodak.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Depth of EBay's Problems 2: Angry Sellers  —  Here's another angle on what's wrong at eBay: Sellers increasingly find eBay too expensive and are becoming successful finding buyers on or on their own sites.  I wrote Friday about why Amazon should buy eBay.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Don't DVR Owners Skip Commercials?  —  Yet another study argues that most DVR owners watch most of their TV live, and don't skip commercials.  Interpublic's Magna Global says that just 13.8% of all viewing in DVR homes is time-shifted, MediaPost reports.
Louis Hau / Forbes:
McClatchy's Fall From Grace  —  Holy smokes—what happened to McClatchy?  —  Just a few years ago, industry observers hailed the newspaper company and its boyishly charismatic chairman and chief executive, Gary Pruitt, for growing earnings and producing solid journalism at a time when some of its rivals couldn't accomplish either.
Discussion: and BloggingStocks
USA Today:
'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Band' strum up big sales  —  A battle of the bands is at center stage this holiday season.  —  The opening act, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, has been a tough ticket at retailers in all versions (Xbox, Wii, PS2 and PS3, about $50, or about $100 with controller) since its release in late October.
Discussion: Things That
Virtual Earth:
Live Search for Mobile Updated  —  The browser-based local search and mapping site for mobile has been updated with a bunch of new features. point the browser on your mobile to to try it out.  Enhancements include:  — 1-click directions for all businesses and street addresses in U.S.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and LiveSide
Power politics  —  Internet law professor Michael Geist looks at how Facebook has the power to effect legislation.  —  If 2006 was the year of YouTube, 2007 has been Facebook's year.  The growth of social media, led by Facebook, has taken the world by storm.
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Gadget Lab
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George Ou / Zero Day:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Dell's Latitude XT tablet now available
Discussion: Electronista
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Discussion: Open Source
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Google's Checkout perks paying off
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